Orelvis Martinez ranks as Baseball America’s #90 prospect, which is dumb + other notes

This is shambolic.

According to Baseball America’s midseason Top 100 prospects, Orelvis Martinez has dropped to 90th. This makes absolutely zero sense to me.
Don’t get me wrong, there are concerns about Martinez’s game. For example, he only has a BB% of 6.1%, while he strikes out 29.1% of the time. Furthermore, there are questions about his ability to hit off speed pitches.
However, when you look at his statistics on Fangraphs, you may notice a few things that should lead to him being higher in these rankings.
The shortstop has 14 homers, which is tied for third amongst players in Double A. The two players ahead of him are Kerry Carpenter, who’s 24-years-old and Moises Gomez, who is 23-years-old.

Orelvis’ 8th dinger of the season.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/4VchGKwqIw
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) May 6, 2022

Orelvis Martinez has 14 home runs in 165 plate appearances as a 20-year-old in Double A. While there are concerns about Martinez’s game, his power could be classified as generational. His swing is a thing of beauty.

That’s Orelvis’ 14th homer of the season for the @FisherCats
Orelvis is only 20, four years than the average position player.
That looked like a slider to me, so yeah.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/cVejGaQsWB
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) May 27, 2022

Not just that, but it took a month for Orelvis to adjust to New Hampshire. Between April 8th and May 1st, he slashed just .203/.236/.507 with a BB% of only 1.4% and an incredibly high K% of 36.1%. He tacked on 6 homers and still had a wRC+ of 95, but still struggled.
But once he adjusted, he quite frankly dominated. Between May 1st and June 1st, he’s slashing .244/.337/.547 with eight homers, a K% that has dropped to 24.5% and a BB% that has risen exponentially to 9.2%.

LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, ORELVIS MARTINEZ JUST TOOK A WALK TO LOAD THE BASES pic.twitter.com/xCq1BWbMGF
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) May 28, 2022

The same scenario happened after his promotion to High A last season. In his first 56 plate appearances between August 3rd an …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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